In conjunction with the debut opening of the "Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company: American Moderns and the West" exhibition at the Harwood Museum of Art, Taos Mayor Dan Barrone has declared the third Saturday in June as Mabel Dodge Luhan Day, a Harwood announcement states.
Luhan is being honored for her many accomplishments as an art collector, writer, political and social activist, mentor and patron of the arts. She is known for bringing many well-known artists and thinkers to area, such as: D.H. Lawrence, Carl Jung, Georgia O’Keeffe, Ansel Adams, Dorothy Brett and Martha Graham.
“Mabel brought people from all over the world to Taos at a time where there were no airports and no paved roads to get here,” Barrone said in a prepared statement. “She cherished and promoted the uniqueness of our three cultures and the rich artistic, architectural, musical, craft and inspirational contributions of each, separately and when blended together.”
The proclamation reads as follows:
WHEREAS, Mabel Dodge Luhan was a world renowned writer, humanitarian, and mentor of the arts that brought prominence and notoriety to the Town of Taos and Northern New Mexico, and
WHEREAS, Mabel Dodge Luhan was a driving force in bringing together the talents, styles, artists, inspiration and markets that created the modern American art movement, popularized it throughout the world and served to position Taos as a creative center for the arts, and
WHEREAS, Mabel Dodge Luhan introduced the world to the unique inspirational beauty, hospitality, and cultural diversity of Taos, laying the foundations of our modern tourism and arts industries, and
WHEREAS, Mabel Dodge Luhan was one of, if not the most prominent and globally known resident of our community from 1918 to 1962, serving as our unofficial ambassador, mentor and host to the arts, to the outside world and to many of the most talented, influential and well know figures of her lifetime, and
WHEREAS, Mabel Dodge Luhan advocated, promoted and symbolized in her lifetime many of the humanitarian ideals of economic, racial and social equality, as well as the independent, entrepreneurial, yet tolerant and compassionate principles that we pride ourselves on and identify ourselves with as Taoseños, and
WHEREAS, we as a grateful and appreciative community wish to recognize the many talents and accomplishments of this unique member of our community and her contributions and importance to our history and our present place in the world,
Daniel R. Barrone, as Mayor of the Town of Taos and on behalf of its elected leaders and community members due hereby recognize Mabel Dodge Luhan by declaring the third Saturday of June (June 18th, 2016), for here and forever more as Mabel Dodge Luhan Day.
The "Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company: American Moderns and the West" exhibition is on view through Sept. 11. It will then travel to The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History on Oct. 29. Then it will open March 10, 2017 at the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
The Harwood Museum of Art is located at 238 Ledoux Street in Taos. For more information on the exhibition and upcoming events, call the museum at (575) 758-9826 or visit mabeldodgeluhan.org or harwoodmuseum.org.